Sometimes they are DRT. That rolling in the hand is a good thing for my hands. Many factors will play into this but this is the basic rule. In my opinion, the valves in the ventricles aren’t remotely strong enough to significantly impede the pressure pulse of a 1000 fps+ flat-nosed bullet impacting the heart. The Super Redhawk was already the only 6-shot .454 Casull revolver in production, as all other makers used 5-shot cylinders to keep the cylinder walls thicker to handle the high pressures. Show me that in stainless and I’m buying. Most of the load data, in my manuals, is for cup and core bullets at full power. I didn’t realize it had gotten that bad, but by the end of the session, the memorial bracelet I wear wouldn’t fit around my swollen wrist. It would be interesting to see if this 275 grain round would penetrate the heavy muscle of a brown bear. Huh., That’s fast, but too light. why not soften the ground up first with the .480? In addition to their 325gr round moving at the same speed as Hornady’s, Speer also offers an even lighter bullet, a 275gr Gold Dot Hollow Point moving at 1,450 fps. When Ruger began to design their new cartridge, they started with the .475 Linebaugh super-magnum cartridge, but went a different direction. Quickly Find an in stock RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK for Sale at over 2200 Stores, Auctions, and Classifieds in one click! We gots first world problems, for sure. My first pistol was a Ruger Super Single Six with the 6.5 inch barrel which included the .22 LR and .22 magnum cylinders. You don’t get more penetration than a pass through. Also, in this video is an occupied bear den I encountered on a trek in Colorado Canyon Country. Here is the general pattern that I seem to have noticed (of course there are exceptions): The single action trigger pull averages at 3 lbs. Front Sight: Serrated Ramp That’s the thing, I Keep a photo album of Hearts from animals that were shot in the heart, some of which destroyed almost half of the heart, who then ran a hundred yards or more. “Don’t get me wrong, I buy a lot of guns, but I generally shoot them for a few years and then sell them or give them away.”. . Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley (image courtesy JWT for They can only function on whatever amount of residual blood/oxygen is “pooled” in their brain and muscles. When it comes to guns, I collect very few of them. I would need a gunsmith to evaluate and do that. I have both and enjoy both. ‘Unfortunately, the front sight is all black and easily disappears against the black rear sight edges, as well as against a dark target.’. The .480 Ruger Bisley is not a heavyweight. Came home and shipped Hamilton Bowen a .45 Colt Bisley. A Hand Cannon You Can Shoot Without the Need for Rehab. Probably the most handsome Randall I’ve ever bought. Thank you for the great review. My preferred loading in this revolver is the 410 grain hard cast gas checked bullet from Cast Performance, moving at 1,250 fps from the muzzle. And it’s downright comforting. What hump?”. Customization * * * * nail polish and tight holsters don’t mix well…, That’s a nice firearms. However, I have found bullets around 400 gr very darned shoot able around the 1100 fps mark. They prefer the same Cast Performance heavy flat nosed bullets as the other Ruger’s. Assuming that this can happen in six seconds, that deer’s heart will have drained its brain and muscles of pretty much all blood and oxygen and the deer will immediately shut down. Remember, unlike the double action ultra magnums, these guns were designed to cock and fire with one hand. The Hornady reloading manual has that same 325gr bullet going 1,500 fps at its maximum, and the Speer manual puts their 275 grain round 5 feet per second short of 1,700 fps. I'd like to run them around 950 fps. It’s pretty rare that I’d do 50 rounds of that kind of shooting at once, if for nothing other than the cost. (I can only wonder what that might cost.). Ever since Sturm, Ruger & Company released the .480 Ruger in the love-it or hate-it Super Redhawk back in 2001, revolver aficionados have been brow-beating Ruger to release this cartridge in their popular single-action revolver lineup. But there’s no way in hell I could manage 50 rounds in one session even with the plinking loads. Heart shots result in basically instantaneous stoppage of blood circulation. Quality gunsmiths, like Bowen Classics and John Linebaugh, take what can be done with the Ruger single action line to an entirely different level. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger front ramp sight (image courtesy JWT for That a pretty big hunk of lead moving really fast, and would be ideal for the largest whitetail, mule deer or wild pigs. Out of Stock. Clint, Your email address will not be published. I do love the “Ruger Only”loads in the 45 Colt. Perhaps a trigger job and a brighter front sight would help. i remember being disappointed in ruger when i read the .480 was less stout than .460. even still those and the .500 are more than i want to deal with. I’ve dropped back to .45 Colt for now. What was out of the ordinary was the lack of end shake and the minimal cylinder gap. Nah. I have a Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum and was sorely disappointed when I could only achieve three-inch groups at 25 yards with factory Sellier & Bellot, Winchester (white-box), and Fiocchi 240 grain loadings. Shoot the factory Hornady or Speer loads off-hand and you’ll definitely know you touched one off, but it doesn’t feel much different than a full power .44 Magnum load. They published a sister magazine the Accurate Rifle which was mostly oriented to big game hunting, mostly in Africa. is my favorite. I prefer the Ruger grips. I’ll wait less than a year for all three. I’ll need one of those for deer season next year, so I think I’ll wait until season’s over to send that one to them. You can make — and now I have made — .480 Ruger brass from regular .45-70 brass. Most all are listed as sold out. #222 of 1000 turnbull color case hardened & blued, rosewood grips with ruger insignia. Out of Stock. The 6½” stainless steel barrel is enough to get heavy bullets up to speed as well as provide a long sight radius for precision shots. These revolvers are now available only through Lipsey’s distributors. The Buffalo Bore Barnes round sports a 275 grain no lead projectile. I would like to second this comment. If you had to choose between the .480 Ruger and a 454 Casull as a “first” big-bore revolver, which would you recommend? Although the recoil is not inhumane, it is quite stout. It’s I’ve seen more than a few shooters eventually saying “What was I thinking.” Now for a little dig, the Ruger doesn’t penetrate all that well, 454 Casull is better if you like spending money. I have one the Ruger Blackhawk 480's on order. 7 1/2″. The trade-off is that wonderful transfer bar. I am pretty sure that GS650G was referring to single-action revolvers since you load them one round at a time (until the cylinder is full) and you unload them one round at a time (until the cylinder is empty). I also went with .44 Magnum a while back so that I could purchase ammunition almost anywhere. It makes me feel funny down where I pee. That Larry dude of magna port has taken a lot of big game with a .44mag. My reloads do all I need in Bisley or Winchester Trapper. He had a suspicion and was a logical fellow so he conducted autopsies on those who dropped in their tracks. In the meantime I will see what sort of accuracy I get from off-the-shelf, heavy-for-caliber hardcast loads. Just let it roll. Ruger Vaquero TALO Fastdraw 45 Colt, 4 5/8" Barrel, Stainless Steel, Short Spur Hammer. When it comes to the revolver itself, it’s not much different than a few other guns I have. The rugged and reliable Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley revolver and standard models come in 44 Rem Mag, 480, 45 Colt, and 454 Casull, and features hand conforming luxe wood or laminate grips, Satin Stainless or Blued Alloy Steel construction, ramp front … Thanks Pat, I’m sending a couple of guns his way today. And yet it’s still easily packable in a hip or chest rig. By David E. Petzal. Bottom line it isn’t like the old Rugers that would lose accuracy and need a new barrel every 20k rounds or so. One day I think some old-timer will be able to tell me why. Anyone know of any reason this would be a … $1,049.00 $874.89. Yes sir or ma’am — SGammo is quite possibly my favorite online ammunition distributor. Go buy, rent, or borrow a pin gauge set. Check out the link I put up to Cast Performance. The trigger is just kind of an inconsistent slide until the gun goes bang. He probably gets more than anyone. I have a Blackhawk in 475 Linebaugh. Ruger Super Blackhawk .480 Ruger (image courtesy JWT for If you are referring to having a Bisley hammer fitted, Clements, Bowen, or several other smiths could do that for you. The .480 is a well-balanced cartridge, providing a lot of energy without the recoil of larger hard-kicking rounds. (image Joe Esparza for There is a reason you see the cylinder throat and bore dimentions (I should have included the chamber throat as well). Different companies do this finish different ways. The Super Blackhawk in .480 Ruger comes with an “over-sized” locking base pin. So, if fans of the channel recall, I bought one of the Lipsey's Distributor Exclusive Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley 5-shot revolvers chambered in .480 Ruger. I wanted this one purely because of the caliber, and also because I thought the Super Blackhawk was just perfect for it. And,… those 410s at that speed will still shoot through anything. Maybe you should give the ol’ Ruger another chance? Randall dealers only get so many. In what I have found elsewhere it appears that you can’t chamber other (.45 colt/schofield, etc) in a .480 revolver, so what is the verdict? MSRP: $1,049 (Lipsey’s distributor exclusive). Ruger developed the 480 Ruger cartridge for the large Super Redhawk platform. This Ruger’s Bisley grip, like the original on the Colt, helps to reduce recoil of any revolver by not only allowing a full purchase on the gun even if you have quite large hands, but also by allowing the gun to roll up and back during recoil. Come on by this weekend, We’ll get started about sun up. Just don’t like the Bisley hammer. great review. May be there are some factors of the build (bore, twist) that need tweaking. As for poor penetration, it went diagonally through a red deer. Brother a day of digging holes with a steel pole and a coffee can earns you whatever beer you want. The quality of the wood is OK. The .480 Ruger is capable of acceptable levels of precision with commercially available ammunition. His interests are hunting, shooting, things that shoot, cut and PC Gaming. Some Kind Words for the .480 Ruger. I still have this pistol to this day. The entire bad-boy is finished in satin stainless. Main reasons, it’s paid for, and .44 mag hurts the wallet plenty, don’t need a round that I can’t find in my area. That becomes a problem. Hornady and Buffalo Bore ammo all shot excellent groupings at 25 yards. Pretty sure it depends what else is in the shop and how “entertaining” the work you want done is. The 275 grain bullet penetrated around five inches and then left a 10 inch cavity in the clay. Heavy bullets (with huge sectional densities) for the win! At right around $1,000 off the street, the Ruger is a very strong value and if yours is anything like the one I’ve picked up, it’s sure to last you a lifetime of hunts. The concern is that, although the average was an acceptable weight, the trigger pull had several ounces of range between different pulls. There’s just no replacement for displacement. The commercial Hornady round shot 2 3/4” groups on average under the same conditions, and the Speer 275gr commercial offering shot the same average, but with a wider standard deviation. And then some others just buckle and fall down. Redneck Red Deer (image courtesy JWT for, Specifications: Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley, Caliber: .480 Ruger .480 is just more than I need here. Hornady seems to have discontinued their heavier offering and now only offers a single loading for the .480 Ruger, their 325gr XTP moving at an advertised 1,350 fps at the muzzle. There are no obvious tool marks, but the level of polish still retains fine lines and “grains” in the steel. I wanted my single action revolver to be manufactured by a reputable USA company. It’s a big gun firing a big bullet because buffalo are big animals. Nice review. As it is, the finish is just fine for a working gun. The major bore diameter was right on the money, at .475” and the minor bore diameter was .465”. In reality, there’s not a whole lot you can’t take, under 50 yards, with a 310 grain round moving at 1,200 feet per second. Although the .480 Ruger was originally made for the Super Redhawk, it really seems perfect for the Super Blackhawk Bisley. My experience lately has been that .44 Magnum 240 grain softpoints definitely kill deer (even when I hit them a bit high), but they sure do seem to run a lot farther than I would expect. Subscribe now and be notified when new posts are published. I don’t know. Ballistics mentioned here are what I get with the 410 grain bullet and 1250 fps is a good place to be with it. I am also wondering if I should try shooting 305 grain loads and see if it groups those a lot better than the 240 grain loads. Sent it back to have it fitted with micarta grips. Recently I acquired a stainless steel Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley in the amazing .480 Ruger caliber. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley .480 Ruger off-hand (image courtesy JWT for Ruger’s transfer bar eliminates this issue and allows the shooter to carry a full cylinder with complete safety. On the range, my own hand loads did best. Everyone that has seen it has tried to buy it. This article will be out later in 2018. He is a retired 45 year veteran law enforcement officer, author and independent writer. Clint is a Endowed Life Member of the NRA. Nice review JWT, as always. Both firearms are of the highest quality. The front sight is a ramp with the rear sight adjustable for elevation and windage. Pretty amazing what can be accomplished. But for shooting a .44 magnum(I’ve never shot the bigger magnums.) Like I said above, I’m a big fan of the heavy 45 Colt, but to say that It can do everything that the 480, 454, 460 or 500 can do is a little ridiculous. The beauty of .44 Magnum 240 grain softpoints is that they make big holes and are pretty much guaranteed to be pass-through shots (at least with the boost in muzzle velocity that you get with rifles). Thanks. That’s too bad, because it’s an outstanding cartridge, but maybe the Super Blackhawk Bisley is the right vehicle to drive interest back into Ruger’s big bore pistol round. The throats miced .449. Now I’m pondering going down that ol’ Blackhhawk road, though question yet another caliber to stock up on. The purpose for this purchase was I wanted a magnum single action revolver which is more powerful than the .44 Remington magnum and less powerful than the S&W .460 and .500 Magnums. The grip just feels good. Worse than the Ruger. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to stop by the Freedom Arms factory when I was out in Idaho/Wyoming back in 2018. Introducing the Ruger 480. This is probably the only place, and the only uses I have for grease in a firearm. While that explanation passes the sniff test, I have no actual data. The .480 Ruger, then, is a shortened version of the .475 Linebaugh. I have noticed when shooting heavy .45 Colt ammunition (310gr at 1,200fps) the base pin will tend to walk forward towards the muzzle bit by bit. I experienced no issues concerning reliability in any way. It took a few days to settle down and get back to normal. Sometimes, and especially with the Rugers of over 10 years ago, you’ll find very tight cylinder throats or chambers, and larger bore diameters. Ruger’s single-­action Super Blackhawk Bisley is a stainless steel, five-­shot revolver chambered in .480 Ruger, a cartridge that fires the same projectiles launched by … Here is the biological basis that I believe could explain this: These weapons do have some knockdown power. This would certainly be easier to stomach than even some of the “cheaper” options from FA. I've researched a bunch of articles online about the accuracy of the Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley in 480 Ruger. That 410 grain hunting load is a different story altogether. Thanks. The .480 Ruger case is just too large in diameter to fit 6 inside the Bisley’s standard cylinder and still have adequate cylinder wall thickness. I have an old 6″ model 29 and can shoot full bore .44 mag loads no problem. 410gr .475″ bullet vs 240gr .429″ bullet (image courtesy JWT for If you look carefully at the photo of the front sight in the article, you can still see the sheen of where the polish was before it flaked off. They were not inexpensive. You talking single action or single shot? Yep. wide flat nose on top of 21 grains of H110. It prefers Hornday XTP bullets. When fired, by way of design, the barrel flips upward pressuring the grip downward. Thanks. For you Troglodytes this is Newton’s Third Law of Physics; for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That was a bit expensive. A lubricant with some staying power at the front and back of the cylinder are required to keep them running. Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley 480 Ruger 4 5/8" Barrel; SS, Wood Grips. The second round cut through the top of her heart. Lipsey’s now brings you two options to accommodate the big bore single action revolver enthusiast. A good hundgun hunter gets a little closer then one hundred yards, inside of fifty I doubt the deer, bear, moose, elephant would know the difference. Up on Hamilton Bowen’s page, Bowen Classic Arms, in his “Workshop” section, there’s a one-off .32-20 Ruger Single Six. I dont think I’ve bought any factory 45 ammo in over 20 years. Oh, and if you were wondering, yes, Brian Wilson of Frio County Hunts got me on that Red Deer. Looking for a RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK For Sale? With your medical background, your comments would be appreciated. One of the regular writers, a south African, was a Veterinarian who also wondered why some heart shot critters ran off while others went DRT. Second shot is about 6″ low. And, while I like to think of myself as a decent amateur gunsmith, there is no way that I trust myself to measure and/or change the throat dimensions on my revolver. The Hornady 325 grain bullet traveled over 1,290 fps which resulted in excellent food pounds of energy. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Limited searching, but I couldn’t see what rounds the .480 guns can chamber…the article implies .45 colt can be fired, is that correct? At this time, the .480 Ruger Super Blackhawk only comes in Ruger’s standard brushed stainless. I have three on order now. Left to right: Ruger Wrangler, Vaquero, New Model Blackhawk, New Model Blackhawk Bisley, Super Blackhawk, Bisley Hunter. Any knife I buy has to work, at least some, so that’s a consideration for me. and i think the idea of fitting the bisley hammer is a great one. Magazine articles and online forums w… Roll those 410s you wrote about back to around 1100 FPS. I put a pretty long string of punishing loads through the revolver, and never had the pin move a bit. My oldest child put a perfect broadside double-lung pass-through shot on a big 4.5 year-old doe at 72 yards. And that’s why I like the big bores. Finish: Brushed Stainless Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Using pin gauges, the cylinder throats all measured out at a very tight .478”. Using the Super Single Six over the many years for hunting, I virtually trained myself in using the single action type of revolver for quick shots and unexpected bursts of rabbits from brush. Check out the video to see this amazing firearm and ammunition in action. Some critters are just tough. I’d suggest the Este Lauder counter at your local mall. The 454 Casull has a greater recoil than the .480 Ruger. And the second big doe that I shot this season went about 35 yards. The “Peacemaker’s” grip would follow the Colt Navy, and the Bisley would be only a slight variation on that theme. Ruger ~ New Model Super Blackhawk Bisley ~ .480 Ruger Description: This New Model Super Blackhawk .480 Ruger is in excellent condition. The gun seems to like the wider, heavier bullets. Overall Length: 12.57″ It’s a thing. i could shape that to match the shovel handle profile. When you load and unload one at a time you place shots more carefully. 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